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Best ways to send money internationally
Direct DebitDirect Debit is a convenient option that lets us take money from your account once you have authorised the payment on our site. It takes a little more time for your money to reach Wise, and it can be more expensive than a bank transfer.
Bank TransferBank transfers are usually the cheapest option when it comes to funding your international money transfer with Wise. Bank transfers can be slower than debit or credit cards, but they usually give you the best value for your money. Read more how to use bank transfers as a payment option.
Debit CardPaying for your transfer with a debit card is easy and fast. It’s also usually cheaper than credit card, as credit cards are more expensive to process. Read more about how to pay for your money transfer with a debit card.
Credit CardPaying for your transfer with a credit card is easy and fast. Wise accepts Visa, Mastercard and some Maestro cards. Read more about how to pay for your money transfer with a credit card.
How to send a cheap money transfer in 3 easy steps
Choose your payment method
Funding your money transfer with a bank transfer is usually the cheapest way to send money abroad.
Get the cheapest rate possible.
Wise always gives you the real and fair mid-market exchange rate. If the rate is not good right now, sign up for Rate alerts to receive an email notification when the rate changes.
Send USD, receive VND.
The recipient gets money in their currency directly to their bank account.
Wise is easy.
How to make a cheap money transfer internationally
- Just tap in how much, and where to.
- Then make a local payment to Wise, whether it's with a bank transfer, swift or your debit or credit card.
- And that's it.
Wise converts your money at the 'inter-bank' rate – the real rate – so you save big time (even versus the guys saying there's 'zero' commission). On Wise, there's no room for sneaky bank surcharges or creeping hidden charges.
Things to consider to find a truly cheap way to send money internationally
Many businesses state low fees or even offer consumers fee-free transfers, but most of the expense of sending money abroad is hidden. The bulk of consumer costs can be concealed in poor exchange rates.
A quick Google search will show you an exchange rate. But if you compare it to the exchange rate offered by banks and traditional money transfer services, you’ll find their rate is often much worse.
Traditional banks and international money remittances often take several working days. Wise is often much faster: a lot of transfers are completed within 1 business day. Many of our transfers are even instant.
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